Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. Photo via Flickr:rolohauck
Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. Photo via Flickr:rolohauck

Bike to Neustadt on the Weinstrasse (wine route). Photo via Flickr:rolohauck

Rhine Romance

Germany Bike Tours

Bike along the Rhine into German Wine Country…

This bike tour in Germany will take you through part of the long German Wine Route or Weinstrasse, the 2nd largest wine-growing region in the country. Bad Dürkheim especially pays homage to the wine with a huge Wurstmarkt (Wine and Sausage Festival) every September that is said to be the largest wine festival in the world!! Of course, the wine flows freely all summer long. In and around Bad Dürkheim alone, there are a reported 144 wineries, many of which offer wine tastings.

In addition to the many vineyards, which alone make for stunning landscapes, the Neckar and Rhine River valleys also make this a gorgeous tour to see from atop a bicycle. Some of the great cities you’ll cycle through include the very quaint Neustadt an der Weinstrasse (with a beautiful town center), Germersheim, Heidelberg, and Worms. Located nicely on the Neckar River, Heidelberg is well-known for its University, which was the leading one of its kind in 19th century Germany and is also the oldest in the country (having been founded in 1386)! Also of fame is the 16th-17th century Schloß, which is now mostly in ruins, but offers a spectacular view of the valley below nonetheless. In its cellar is a gargantuan wine cask. The town also has a scenic path overlooking it called the Philosophenweg as well as an impressive Old bridge gate.

Worms is famous for being the ancient centre of the old German Empire. It also contains an impressive imperial Cathedral (Wormser Dom) that is one of Germany’s finest examples of Romanesque architecture! Worms also plays a prominent role in the ancient German Nibelungenlied (an epic poem that tells the tragic story of a dragon slayer and the royal Burgundians family). A festival is held every year to retell the tale. It is said that the Nibelungensaga is factually based on individuals and events of the 5th and 6th centuries. While in Worms, be sure to indulge in some of their well-known Liebfraumilch wine!

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Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided hotel tour with daily distances ranging from 15 to 34 miles. Routes make use of good, hard asphalt roads (bike paths/side streets). Route is almost always flat, only a few smaller ascents to be expected at the entrance of the vineyards between Worms and Bad Dürkheim.

Where You’ll Stay

Option A: 3 star to 4 star hotels
Option B: hotels and B&Bs of 3 star level

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 5 or 6 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transfer
  • Tour information
  • Route descriptions & maps, including places of interest - 1 set per booked room
  • Sign posted route
  • Service hotline
  • GPS tracks (must be requested in advance)

What’s Not Included

TypeSelf Guided
Length6–7 days
From505 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible daily from April 23 to October 9, 2016

Season 1: April 23 to May 8 and September 26 to October 9
Season 2: June 13 to August 14
Season 3: May 9 to June 12 and August 15 to September 25

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Rhine Romance Map

7 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
Day 2: Neustadt - Germersheim, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Germersheim - Heidelberg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Heidelberg - Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Worms - Bad Dürkheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Bad Dürkheim - Neustadt, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 7: Departure from Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

*Distances are approximate and can be affected by hotel availability and other factors beyond our control.

DAY 1: Arrival into Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
Tour information will be given and the bicycles will be handed out. There remains enough time for an evening stroll through the idyllic old town.

DAY 2: Neustadt – Germersheim, 31 mi. (50 km)
Leaving the wine-growing area, this bike tour in Germany initially follows comfortable roads through the Rhine plains until you reach the Cathedral-city of Speyer with its medieval old town. On you cycle along the Rhine to Germersheim with a fortification dating back to the 19th century.

DAY 3: Germersheim – Heidelberg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Enjoy the natural beauty that follows the river Rhine as you cycle into Schwetzingen, with a Renaissance castle and beautiful park. Now the tour proceeds through the Rhine plains to Heidelberg, seat of the oldest University in Germany. Visit the famous castle and the beautiful old town situated directly on the Neckar.

DAY 4: Heidelberg – Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
You follow the river Neckar until you reach Ladenburg. The many half-timbered houses create a singular ambience. You cycle through the large forests in the Rhine plains to reach the old emperors town Worms (legendary cathedral).

DAY 5: Worms – Bad Dürkheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today you leave the Rhine plains and visit the second largest German wine-growing area situated on the German Wine-Street. Experience the wine culture in smaller and bigger wine-growing communities. Find a lot of stories and history dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. Taste the very good Pfalz wine.

DAY 6: Bad Dürkheim – Neustadt, 12 mi. (20 km)
Take your time to enjoy the beautiful wine-growing villages with their special ambience. You visit Deidesheim and proceed on the “balcony of the Pfalz” to Neustadt.

DAY 7: Departure from Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
Departure following breakfast at your hotel.

6 Day Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
Day 2: Neustadt - Heidelberg, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Heidelberg - Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Worms - Bad Dürkheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Bad Dürkheim - Neustadt, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 6: Departure from Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

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Customer Feedback

  • Vicky & David Schlachet 6 months ago

    Hello from Israel,
    It is our pleasure to thank you for a beautiful trip you organized for us from which we returned at the beginning of this week.
    Regrettably the weather was not on our favor for two days but that, of course, is not your fault or responsibility.
    The other components of the trip were all very satisfactory and in that we include the quality of the bicycles, the quality of the hotels and the nice routes.
    We feel that we would like to extra compliment you on your employees and associates who took care of our belongings and of our comfort and well being along the road. We found them exceptionally kind and attentive with a lot of warmth and carrying and with a very generous service commitment. The feeling that we have to whom to refer day and night, in a time of need, contributed to our feeling that we are safely in good hands.

    We meat along the tour in all hotels you reserved for us a very nice attitude from the owners and/or staff and we received a remarkable co-operation and hospitality. We would like to compliment you for your choices.
    We will definitely return to ask for your services in the future, we will share with friends and family and recommend and encourage them to do the same.
    Thanks very much, again.
    All the very best and keep on your good job!
    Vicky & David

  • Kirrin 4 years ago

    Hi Mary,

    My husband and I recently completed the Rhine Romance cycle tour in Germany and at the time of booking you asked for feedback so I thought I'd drop you a line now we are home.

    We both really enjoyed the tour - the hotels were of a better standard than we expected and were in locations that were easy to find and close to the major sites we wanted to see. The breakfasts provided were great and the delivery of our luggage was always prompt. The cycles provided were of good quality and the local contact was friendly and helpful, although his English language skills were not fantastic we still understood the brief he provided. The tour itself went through some amazing towns and the pack provided sufficient information on the key sites to see in each. The only negative aspect of the tour was the quality of the written directions. They were very unclear and caused some frustration. Luckily the local signs were frequent and provided an alternative for us to navigate by. At first we thought the problem was that the directions were translated into English however another couple doing the tour at the same time said their German language directions were similarly confusing and frustrating.

    Despite the minor frustrations with the quality of the directions we successfully found our way and on the whole we had a fantastic time. We would recommend your tours to others, noting that they might want to take additional maps to supplement the written directions.

    I hope this feedback is useful. Thank you for your assistance in organising the tour for us at short notice.



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